About OUR FOUNDER
Cindy Kushner founded Women Executive Leadership, Inc. in 1999. Recognizing the need that many companies are committed to gender diversity but find it difficult to identify board-ready and executive female candidates, and recognizing that many of these female candidates do not know how to access these opportunities. Cindy created WEL to bridge that gap. WEL, and its strategic relationship with the 2020 Women on Boards campaign, is able to help companies identify female candidates and help the candidates connect with the companies, search firms, and executives involved in the searches.
“Cindy’s philosophy is that it is not about getting more women on boards and in executive positions, it is about getting the right person, and that means getting more women in the selection process.”Read More
WEL is about raising the visibility of the tremendous female talent pool. Cindy is the founder and Chairman of WEL, and serves on executive board of Financial Executive Institute (FEI). In the past, served on several committees and boards including the Health Financial Management Association (HFMA) Florida board for 5 years as treasurer; National Board of InterOrganization Network (ION); Advisory Board of National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida, the United Way of Broward County’s Governance Committee; board of director for Florida Venture Forum; and served on the Ambassador committee for Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. She is a member of the AICPA, FICPA, IWF, and NACD.
Cindy Kushner is the Office Managing Partner for the Crowe LLP Fort Lauderdale office. Cindy has 35 years of experience in the accounting profession of which 25 years with the “Big Four” as a trusted tax and business advisor serving large global clients in the public, private and private equity sectors. Cindy has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, tax structuring for global and multi-state companies, debt restructuring and recapitalization; tax efficient supply chain planning. Industry Specialties: Consumer products, healthcare/life sciences, and staffing/services industries.
Received the following honors and awards during her career; Women Executive Leadership Trail-blazing Award 2019, Award Florida 500 The States Most Influential Business Leaders 2020, 2019, and 2018, Women Extraordinaire South Florida’s Top Leaders 2011, Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce – Women’s Circle of Excellence Honoree 2011, South Florida Business Key Partner’s Award – Honoree Accounting 2011, Women Executive Leadership Trail-blazing Award 2011, Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism KPMG 2007, Rosemarie Meschi Award Finalist Ernst & Young 2001.